As I said in the last blog post, the menu includes garlic oven potatoes, BBQ ribs and a mystery veggie to round it out. I think we're going to go with zucchini. Not only do my in-laws have a bumper crop of them that they shared with everyone, but they taste great and they are good for you!
Zucchini is a versatile summer squash that can be baked, grilled, eaten raw, fried, and... made into tots! Thanks to my kitchen crush, blogger Gina Homolka over at Skinnytaste.com, I found a great new way to eat zucchini. Zucchini tots are savory and great as a side dish or a snack.
I followed Gina's recipe pretty closely. The only thing that I changed was that I used a regular muffin tin instead of mini one. This was purely done on accident. However, it does change the serving size. Instead of 4 tots as a serving, you would probably only need 2 of the ones I made.
You can find the recipe for Zucchini Tots here. Definitely take a look at her pictures since I did not take a picture while squeezing the excess liquid out of the grated zucchini. Instead, I was making a slight mess in the sink...
Ingredients (again, go to Gina's website for more information and her amazing food photos):
- 1 cup zucchini, grated
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 medium onion, diced
- 1/4 cup reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese, grated
- 1/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
- salt and pepper to taste
- cooking spray
Here we go:
Once you've preheated the oven to 400 degrees, you need to grate your zucchini. I used a food processor instead for a couple of reasons:
1. We got it as a shower gift and I've been dying to use it.
2. I broke my old grater and no one gave us a new one for a wedding gift.
3. My mom, another kitchen crush, said that a food processor would totally work instead.
4. I could add the onion right away and not have to smell like onion for the rest of the night.
|This is what the chopped zucchini looks like before I squeezed out all the extra juice.|
|Mix the zucchini and onion in with the other ingredients.|
|Here is what it looks like in a regular size muffin tin. |
Make sure that you press them down firmly.
|This is the delicious result!|